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Morris, Inc. Longevity Awards 2022

Morris, Inc. celebrated our longevity employees at our annual Christmas Party. Thank you all for your dedication and hard work!  Morris, Inc. also presented the Shawn Klemann award to Calvin Frederick.
Thank you to all Morris, Inc. employees for making the 2022 season a success. Can’t wait to see what we can accomplish in 2023!

Annual Morris Golf Invitational 2022

Saturday, August 6 2022, 12 teams got together at the Dunes Golf Course for the annual Morris Inc. Golf Invitational.

Winner: Troy Titze and Daysen Titze
2nd Place: Calvin Frederick and Josh Pfeffer
Longest Drive: Josh Pfeffer
Longest Putt Hole #1: John Morris
Longest Putt Hole #10: Josh Pfeffer
Closest to the Hammock Hole #4: Marissa Schulz
Closest to the pin on Green in 1 shot: Andrew Forest and Tom Smith
Another Successful Morris Sponsored Event! Thank you to all the teams and vendors that donated prizes.

2022 Employee of the Month Winners

October Employee of the Month – Paul Ras

Morris October Employee of the Month winner was Paul Ras. Paul works in the Mechanic Shop and is originally from South Africa. He came to the United States on a work visa working on a farm by Highmore. He lives in Pierre with his wife, Adel, and two daughters. He enjoys working at Morris and likes that he is able to fix the equipment to keep the crews and jobs going.

September Employee of the Month – Steven Greene

Steven won Employee of the Month for September. Steven grew up in Pierre and doesn’t plan on leaving anytime soon. He lives here with his wife, Brenda and their 2 dogs, Lucy and Dasher. Before coming to Morris Steven worked for Snappy Delivery. He enjoys working here because everyone is friendly. Congrats Steven!

July Employee of the Month Winner – Deb Alleman

Deb won July’s Employee of the Month. She was born and raised in Pierre. She has two sisters, Tammy Deal who works in Aggregate, 4 nieces, 4 nephews, 7 great nieces, 5 great nephews! She came to Morris from working in the Materials Management position at St. Mary’s Healthcare system. Since moving over to Morris she has enjoyed working here because of the people she works with. Thank you Deb for your hard work!

June Employee of the Month Winner – Nichole Smart

Nichole grew up and continues to live in Pierre. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Ken, sons, Kieran, Khalan, and grandsons, Urah and Alzadden. Each weekend she watches her daughter play fast pitch softball games around the state and in the summer they all play softball for a local league. She enjoys working at Morris as it is always something different and she enjoys the challenges that come with that. She works with a great bunch of guys and loves that at Morris, family comes first. Thank you, Nichole for being part of our team! Congrats!

May Employee of the Month Winner – Clint Habeck

May’s Employee of the Month Winner was Clint Habeck. Clint was born and grew up in Irene, SD. He later went off to the military were he was in the Marine Corps for 6 years teaching and shooting competitively. This passion was shared with his two young boys Ryan and Trevor. Ryan just graduated from the Air Force Academy. Trevor is attending SDSU when not working for Morris on a crushing crew. Clint still couches young in the safe sport of rifle shooting. He travels the country as a team. He recently placed 3rd overall at the Ironman Silhouette match in Missoula, Montana. He lives in Pierre with his wife, Missy, and she has been with the FHWA – Federal Highway Administration – for 37 years. He said he enjoys working at Morris because of the variety of jobs and the people he gets to work with. Thank you, Clint for being part of our team! Congrats!

April Employee of the Month Winner – Joey Garrett

April’s Employee of the Month Winner was Joey Garret. Joey was born and raised in Pierre. He resides here with his family; wife Holly, their 5 children and too many animals to name. Joey loves to play music, many different styles and his children are now starting to play! Joey likes working for Morris because he likes that Morris understands that family comes first. He likes that with his job he is trusted, able to work outside,(even if weather is not ideal) and that every day is a new day to learn. Thank you, Joey for being part of our team! Congrats!

 

March Employee of the Month Winner – Jon Garrett

February Employee of the Month Winner – Ashley Even

Ashley Even was the Employee of the Month Winner for March. Ashley works in the Main Office as the “go to” for all Accounts Payables, Accounts Receivables and ordering of supplies. She grew up in Alexandria, SD and moved to Pierre in September 1995. This change was hard for her as she was used to a small town where everyone knew each other. Her family consists of her husband Trevor, daughter Alexus (10) and son Bentley (7). Ashley and her family are foster parents to Hopeless to Homes Animal Rescue dogs. They currently have 3 of their own dogs Axel, Kali and Token. Prior to coming to Morris, Ashley worked at Runnings for 7 years. When Ashley is not at work, you can find her with her foster pups, hanging out with her family and going to area car shows.

Thank you, Ashley for your contribution and Congratulations on winning EOM!

December/January Employee of the Month Winner – Brandon Mraz

Brandon is an equipment operator in Aggregate on Steven’s Crew. He grew up in the Sturgis area with his mother Kellie, father Thomas, two brothers Tom and Kyle and a sister Blaine. Brandon came to Morris in 2021 and enjoys the opportunities that Morris provides to learn new skills and utilize his skill set. He said he enjoys working at Morris because everyone is amazing to work with and the company is very rewarding to work for on and off the job. The culture here inspires growth and he is looking forward to the experiences yet to come.

Thank you, Brandon for your contribution and Congratulations on winning EOM!

20th Anniversary Morris Fishing Tournament

The 20th Annual Morris Inc. Fishing Tournament, Steak Feed, and Fish Fry was this past weekend, June 11th and June 12th.
Congrats to John Morris, James Walti, and Wade Buechler for winning the 2021 tournament with a total weight of 15.79 lbs.
Jamie Reed had the biggest walleye at 3.4 lbs. and Josh Brown’s team had the biggest smallmouth bass at 2.96 lbs.
Thank you to all the teams that participated this year and to all of our great vendors who donated some great door prizes!
A special Thank You to Griz for putting the tournament together, Shane Lehrkamp for grilling the amazing steaks, and Griz’s family for the outstanding fried fish.

Morris, Inc. sponsors AGC of SD Work Zone Awareness Billboard Campaign

The Associated General Contractors of South Dakota and the S.D. Department of Transportation announced the winners of the annual work zone awareness billboard campaign, and Pierre’s Allison DeMers won big. The campaign had fourth grade students create art designs to compete for a billboard spot.

“What we look for is a work zone awareness message that is relatable for both students and their parents,” Lindsay Willits, deputy executive vice president AGC, said. “The goal of the billboard contest is to remind motorists that safer driving habits mean safer work zones for everyone.”

DeMers of St. Joseph’s Elementary created the winning entry for the Pierre area. DeMers received $25, and her classroom teacher, Becky Walsh, received a $100 check for a classroom party. The artwork of each of the four area winners is now displayed on respective local community billboards. The Pierre area billboard sponsors are Jensen Construction and Morris Inc. See DeMers’ billboard at the intersection of Highways 14 and 83 in Fort Pierre.

The billboard contest is a fun way to engage with young people about safety and construction-related careers. AGC and SDDOT say to slow down, put down your phone or other distractions, and be aware of workers and equipment when driving through work zones.

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